Wednesday 18 September 2019

Missed chances frustrate Fulham boss Ranieri

Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was especially culpable.

Claudio Ranieri lamented the missed chances of his side in the 1-1 draw with Wolves (Steven Paston/PA)
Claudio Ranieri lamented the missed chances of his side in the 1-1 draw with Wolves (Steven Paston/PA)

By Andy Sims, Press Association Sport

Claudio Ranieri was left frustrated by wasteful Fulham after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was the chief culprit, the Serbian squandering seven goalscoring opportunities in the first half alone.

Substitute Ryan Sessegnon did put Fulham into the lead midway through the second half, but Romain Saiss equalised five minutes from the end.

There was still time for Mitrovic to win it after he prodded the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Rui Patricio, but Wolves skipper Conor Coady got back to clear off the line.

Ranieri felt Fulham deserved more than a point but remains confident he can guide them away from relegation trouble.

“I’m a little disappointed because I think we deserved more in the first half,” said the Italian.

“In the second half after we scored they found a solution, but I’m satisfied with our performance. We were solid, we worked hard against a good team.

“Mitrovic had the chance to win the match, but in this moment we have to stay together and be positive.

“When a team is bottom everything goes against this team. We are stronger than this, we want to react in every match and if we continue to fight it will get better.

“If you continue to fight you change it. If you lose hope you lose everything. I believe in my players and I think we can make something good this season.”

Mitrovic should have found the net five minutes before half-time after he turned Coady and Willy Boly inside out, but the striker’s finish was weak and Patricio was able to save.

Teenage wide man Sessegnon struck in the 74th minute, pouncing at the far post through a crowd of players after Patricio punched Alfie Mawson’s header straight to him.

However, Wolves hauled themselves level with five minutes remaining, Saiss tapping home his first Premier League goal after Helder Costa had attempted to convert Ivan Cavaleiro’s cross.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: “The first half was not a good performance. Fulham were well organised and there was no space.

“In the second half we were better, we were on the front foot and got our deserved reward.

“I would not say (we were) lucky. Lucky can hide many things. I felt in the first half we didn’t perform. What I’m feeling is the starting XI was not the best choice.

“But I’m happy, in the second half we played better and got a deserved draw.”

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